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Politicians fueling city traders protests - police

Some of the closed shops in downtown Kampala

Some of the closed shops in downtown Kampala

Politicians are fueling the ongoing protests by city traders according to Uganda Police Forces (UPF).

Disruptions in business activities, particularly in the Kikuubo hub of downtown Kampala, have been observed as some traders have chosen to shut their shops in protest against various concerns regarding business operations and the implementation of the Electronic Fiscal Receipting and Invoicing System (EFRIS) by the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga has asserted that intelligence indicates certain politicians are attempting to exploit the ongoing protests for their agenda.

“Whereas the protest is purely business and tax related, what our intelligence is gathering is that some politicians are trying to hijack the concerns from the business community to turn them into a countrywide civil uprising,” said Enanga.    

He stated that these unidentified politicians aim to escalate the predominantly Kampala-based protests nationwide. Their objective is to co-opt the protests into larger civil unrest, mobilizing masses to take to the streets in an attempt to effect governmental change. Enanga emphasized that such actions would not be tolerated. 

Kampala Metropolitan deputy police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, reported the arrest of two individuals found burning car tires at Nabugabo Plaza during the morning hours.

Previously, Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) had urged its members to suspend the protests following a meeting with the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) and the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU).

KACITA chairman Thadeus Musoke Nagenda mentioned that religious leaders from the Muslim faith had advised them to halt the protests until after the Eid celebrations.

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0 #1 kabayekka 2024-04-10 06:54
One doubts very much if the current politicians have any interest in causing any political problems for this government.

Especially when much of the media shows that it is the government using taxpayers' money to buy itself more time in state power.

Many of the politicians are well off and do not like any change unless this government wants to put more of these politicians into prison or to kill them. One believes that it is the greedy traders who are responsible for their own destiny and they are the ones processing the strike because as the customer is always right, why continue to buy all sorts of goods when they are too expensive and money is tight by the authority of The Bank of Uganda that has no Governor now for many months and counting!
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